It is one thing to manage or lead in a professional setting. It is an entirely different thing to lead in a volunteer setting. Volunteers are there of their own free will, and choose whether (and how much) to participate in any given project. Their choice to be involved is wanting to contribute, to be a part of something and to make a difference. They will only be present to the extent that they believe that is true. The experience is also a social one; it is where people look to connect, to find community and to find like minds. That means that leading in a volunteer situation requires a deft touch. We can't require, expect or demand. And while we often don't have much control at work, no where is that reality more clearly demonstrated than in a voluntary setting. This presentation explores successful strategies for leading volunteers.
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We start our project management journey as a search for tools to get organized and structured, to get things done, to organize and structure our work. It is a focus outward, looking for answers and solutions to questions and problems. At some point, we transition to a consuming of project management as defined and practiced. We learn structure and order, sequence and steps. There are boundaries, and within those boundaries there are espoused and recommended (dare we call them “best”?) practices. Eventually, we hit a point where we need to reconcile these perspectives. We recognize that the universal definition doesn’t suit all situations. We also come to appreciate the value of our own viewpoint and perspectives. We need to reconnect with where we started, and understand how all the pieces fit together for us.
This webinar explores what is possible to automate, and also tries to help identify the limits of automation. It considers whether there are aspects of project management that will wholly be supported by automation, those instances where it might provide decision support and also those dimensions of the role that are likely to stubbornly resist automation for some time to come.
On the date of this webinar, it will have been just passed a year since the world went over the cliff-edge of Covid-19, and found our reality ever-changed. Plunged into a disaster that few saw coming (although the threads and warnings were out there), we have struggled to adapt and cope ever since. Employees and whole organizations transitioned from commuting to working at home, virtually overnight. Supply chains were radically overhauled. Our perceptions of “essential workers” were expanded, as was our awareness of the inequities and challenges that many of these workers face. For project managers, how project work has been coordinated and delivered has been significantly transformed. We have had to innovate on the fly, figuring out strategies to plan, coordinate and engage teams that are not just distant, but facing their own challenges. There have been successes and victories, and there have been challenges and roadblocks. This webinar serves as a much needed review of lessons observed, that hopefully we can all learn from.
The essential question that this webinar asks and answers is, “What about project management makes a difference?” As project managers, as leaders in our organizations and as guides to our teams, what are the actions, the behaviors and the moves that matter most? If you want to be the best project manager you can be—no matter where you are in your career—you’ll find insights and observations of value in this webinar.
This webinar dives into the depths of bad leadership to understand what it is, what it looks like and why it happens. More importantly, it provides concrete strategies to function, operate and be as effective as you can be while working for a bad leader. If you have a bad leader now—or you fear you might work for one in the future—this will be a webinar that you won’t want to miss.
This webinar is a survey of some of the more common (if we can think of them that way) real-world challenges that project managers encounter, and what we might do with them. Whether you are a new project manager or you already have the scars of real-world experience, you will find content of value and ideas you can use.
There are still strategies you can employ and insights you can realize to engage with the messy human dimension of projects. They don’t necessarily work the way you think, but they are there. This webinar will provide you with insights on how to learn them and use them.
This presentation covers the basics of four common scrum ceremonies, including purpose; inputs and outputs; recommended participants; and duration/occurrence. Use it to help orientate team members to the process.
How do your projects feed the company's strategic goals? How does a project enter in the portfolio? Use this presentation as a starting point to go over the basics of PPM, including feasibility studies, opportunity assessments, the project lifecycle and more!